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Continuing the win with Creek's HiLife news

October 29, 2012
By Wynette Jameson of Clear Creek High School

Continuing to ride the wave of success, Clear Creek High School’s website at iHigh was chosen as the Best Newspaper site in the country for the sixth consecutive year. Last year the web site became a charter member in the iHigh Hall of Fame and remains on that elite list today. Creek’s journalism department persists in the winning tradition that makes it one of the most forward looking programs in the country.

Journalism teachers  Wynette Jameson and Jan O’Neil traveled to Malibu, California to the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism to work with Kathy Eldon and Amy Eldon Turteltaub. Jameson is featured in the 2012 books, Dan Eldon Safari As A Way of Life by Jennifer New. This book was just given this honor http://www.reachandteach.com/content/article.php?story=safari

Jameson was highlighted as well as Down the Mississippi: A Modern Day Huck on America’s River Road by Neal Moore.Moore just visited the Creek journalism classes on October 11 to speak about the life and times of a citizen journalist and best selling author before returning to South Africa.

The HiLife continues to bring you news you can use. Staff members have already published their first print edition of the year. The staff has just completed work on a Homecoming edition of the print paper.

About the National Edition @ high school journalism.org
The National Edition is a weekly collection of stories from around the nation.
They were written by young journalists for high school journalism.org. Stories are chosen for the National Edition based on their quality and appeal to a broad teen readership.
These selections represent stories that were the most interesting or moving of the week. Out of thousands of entries each week, only thirty stories are chosen from across the nation.

Valerie Hellinghausen's story was about Invisible Children's newest campaign, MOVE. The story was featured in the National Edition October 29 issue. She is a veteran of the National Edition.

With her first try, freshman reporter Lisa Nhan has been chosen for the October 29 issue of the National Edition with her review of Hotel Transylvania.


The Den Staff has begun new winning traditions with 2009 yearbook – published in Josten’s Publishing Look Book earning award of outstanding cover design.

2009, 2010 and 2011 yearbook – won first place in Josten’s yearbook camp Theme Development competition – three years in a row. Competed against other high schools in the area for this honor.

2010 yearbook – UIL Awards:  one 2nd place photo award, two 3rd place page design awards, and five honorable mentions for page design, theme development, headline writing and photography.

2011 yearbook – UIL Awards: one 2nd place photo award, two 3rd place page design awards, one 3rd place story, and six honorable mentions for page design, stories and photo.


Creek's HiLife can be found on multiple sites:

We have photo albums on the iHigh network, and a print library here http://issuu.com/creekhilife

We are in the process of scanning newspapers from years past to add to our online library so graduates can remember the great times here at the CREEK.

We have videos here http://www.youtube.com/user/creekhilife08 on our own youtube channel

We have a facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/creek.hilife for anyone who wants to keep in touch with CREEK.

We have twitter to tweet breaking news or just fun facts http://twitter.com/#!/creekhilife

We put stories that may be in print as well on this online paper here and update monthly http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/newspaperId/15/view/frontpage/Default.aspx

We are in on the ground floor of the Huffington Post's High School page with our very own editor in chief, Ashley Farmer, as a contributor. See her first post here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ashley-farmer/america-the-indestructibl_b_962329.html   

Our Chris Kirkham, class of 2002, is a paid reporter for the Huffington Post business page. Check him out here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-kirkham

Our Lee Hutchinson, class of 1998 recently joined the Conde Nast group of publications as an online editor for Ars Technica. His bio is here along with his recent technology articles http://www.arstechnica.com/author/lee-hutchinson

Our Chris Schmidt, class of 2006, is the Communications Coordinator for UIL in the state of Texas http://www.uiltexas.org/leaguer/article/bastrop-high-school-football-team-presented-with-national-spirit-of-sport-a

Our Haley Rush, class of 2009, is the face of DentonTV http://www.cityofdenton.com/index.aspx?page=542


HiLifers cover the globe with Nathan Weyer, class of 1990, as a creative director for Frog Design in Amsterdam to honorary HiLifer Lovetta Conto of Strongheart Fellowship in Liberia. Our HiLifers work in many fields using talents that they honed at Clear Creek High School.

The HiLife has worked with and fundraised for many activities including soldier care package drives, the Ray Hutchinson scholarship for our fallen soldier who was a former HiLife photographer ( editors began the scholarship), Invisible Children, the Red Cross, and Tsunami survivors to name a few. We are putting two orphans through school at the Cura Orphanage http://curaorphanage.blogspot.com/search?q=creek


 in Kenya through our partnership with the Creative Visions Foundation http://www.creativevisions.org/


We continue to work with and for the Eldon family led by the spark of inspiration who was the photojournalist slain in Somalia, Dan Eldon http://www.daneldon.org/site/


Let us know how we may better serve you. We are here for YOU, the people who care about CREEK~the best high school in TEXAS.


We are leading CREEK journalism under the mandate provided by CCISD-

Clear Creek Independent School District Mission Statement

The mission of the Clear Creek Independent School District, a diverse community unified by a spirit of exploration and excellence, is to develop students who will lead the way to the future by educating and equipping them with the skills necessary to excel in the 21st century through a system characterized by meaningful community relationships and a comprehensive curriculum facilitated by a highly qualified team committed to Courage, Collaboration, Innovation, and Self-Direction.

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